There was a whole lot of chiseling going on.

The unseasonably warm temps and sunshine were comforting while they were there, but they sure left a lot of unintentional ice skating rinks on driveways and sidewalks. Hubby mentioned something you don’t see every day. He parked the car by the house and overnight it decided to go for a ride and slid a few feet downhill and ended up sideways in the drive. Be careful out there.

I sure won’t be going outside to check out the ice. I’m still limping around and sitting with my feet up most of the time. I’ve been bored out of my gourd — there is only so much you can do with reading and doing word and number puzzles.

Hubby sure has been a brick about getting stuff for me. And he’s is proving to be a better cook than I am and I might have to abdicate my leftover diva crown to him.

We were delighted to get a phone call and hear that our Jason had arranged a quick overnight trip home. As I type this, I still am giggling from the movies we watched the night before (and rubbing my eyes because of staying up later than usual).

I took advantage of his being here to have him help me figure out my smart phone. I really have been flying blind when it came to that darn thing and it’s hard to admit that a “smart” phone is smarter than I am. I don’t know what I did, but suddenly there were a lot of people waving at me on Facebook. Hope that was a good thing.

It was a great day to be a Hornet. At the Girl’s basketball game Jan. 26, Ashley For the Arts representatives presented the Alma Center Humbird Merrillan school district a check for their role in the Ashley for the Arts celebration, and also presenting the Humanitarian Award to Jeanine Strandberg.

Kelsey and Caiden Lien had much success at the Red Ridge Ranch Gymkhana. This was Caiden’s first year of competition.

It’s Girl Scout cookie time. Troop 4419 will be setting up booths to sell the yummy treats around the Hixton, Alma Center Merrillan and Black River Falls areas from Feb. 3 until March 11. I can see some Peanut Butter Patties and Caramel Delites with my name on them.

Noelle Bergerson had a big smile on her face and for good reason. Golden Blades Synchro Team, of which she is a member, got first place at the Badger State Games.

The Bergersons are following their family’s wonderful singing tradition. Thea Bergerson had a beautiful performance of the Star-Spangled Banner and Nora got a first in solo and ensemble. The girls attend Whitehall High School.

Sure am having cravings for my pizzas from the Hixton/Northfield youth group on Sunday for the big game.

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